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Outdoor adventures, mostly gravel rides, but not always

Icicle Creek Road

A straightforward out-and-back on a steady, but shallow, climb along a roaring river

Morning light on the mountains

I rarely ride out-and-backs and when I do it’s usually a hill climb. The ride up Icicle Creek Road isn’t as impressive as Hurricane Ridge or Mt Baker but it offered an exceptional experience on an early morning ride.

Icicle Creek Gorge

An easy loop around the Icicle Creek Gorge with a variety of water views

Rushing waters of the Icicle Creek

A nice morning loop around Icicle Creek with a variety of forest, hill, and water views.

Eightmile Lake

A hike through the remains of a forest fire to a picturesque alpine lake

Reflections on Eightmile Lake

We go to the trail early (7:30 am) mid-week to plenty of parking. The trail to Eightmile Lake starts through a burn from 2017 resulting in little cover from the sun and a lot of shrubby new growth. Fortunately the views along the trail are plentiful from the start and the grade wasn’t too bad for our mixed-skills hiking party.

Tyler Peak & Maynard Burn Loop

A short and steep loop to expansive views into the heart of the Olympics

Spectacular lunch spot on the false summit of Tyler Peak

With record breaking heat descending on the PNW, I sought relief in the mountains and took advantage of the snow melt to photograph wildflowers. I really enjoyed this loop and until recently it was not on my radar; nor others apparently because very few trip reports were available at the WTA.

Islands & Bridges

A tour of some of the islands and bridges of Kitsap and King county

The 520 bike lane

A departure from my usual farm and logging road riding, this loop offered a lot more city riding along with bridges and islands I had never visited on bike.

Colchuck Lake

A classic Enchantments hike to an alpine lake

Colchuck Lake

With the snow mostly gone, I opted for the classic hike to this gorgeous alpine lake.

Gran Fondo Leavenworth

Located in the heart of the Washington Cascades, Gran Fondo Leavenworth is the perfect mix of pavement, Forest Service roads, and mega mountain passes

The climb up Swakane Road

I had signed up to ride GFL in 2020 but, like most events, it was cancelled so I eagerly awaited an opportunity to ride it when it was next scheduled.

Mountain Home

A gravel loop with sweeping views an easy ride from downtown Leavenworth

Wildflowers along the descent back to Leavenworth

Though this ride is short it packs a lot of awesome into its 20 miles. There are wildflowers, terrific gravel, great views, and abandon railroads. I was delighted with this loop.

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